eNews: February 10, 2016


      10  Flower Fundraiser 
      11 – 15  No School
      16  Science Fair Experiments, Demo, MP Room
      18  Noon Games
      19  Palo Verde Kindergarten visitation day (parents only) 
      22  Noon Art; 
            Science Fair, Parent Information Night, MP Room 
      26  PTA Board Meeting; 
            Notecard Fundraiser forms are due
            Movie Night (evening)
      29  Math Night (evening)

        2  PTA Coffee Social;
            Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 6
        7  Science Fair Proposals Due;
            Noon Art
       11 No School
       17 Noon Games
       21 Noon Art
       25 PTA Board Meeting

       30 Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 7 

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Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 

LAST CHANCE to VOTE for the February Movie! 
Hey, Palo Verde!  You get to choose the movie for this month’s Family Movie Night.  Please go to this Survey Monkey link to vote:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FY2DMHZ   The choices are:  Big Hero 6, The Good Dinosaur, The Lion King, or Minions.  Voting will close THIS February 12, and we’ll announce the winner next week. 
The last Winter Family Movie Night will happen on Friday, February 26, at 6:30pm in the MP Room.  See you then!

From Last Week 


Palo Verde Norecard Fundraiser

It’s time for our annual Notecard Fundraiser!  Each child designs his/her own personal and unique note card.  They come in very handy and also make great gifts (Mother’s Day/Father’s Day).  In addition to notecards, there are other products (notepads, stickers, and gift tags) that you can also order at the same time.  Siblings, Parents and Grandparents are welcome to design and order products through this Fundraiser as well!  Please join us and enjoy your creative and artistic talent.
A portion of the proceeds goes directly to our school.
The notecards and order forms will go home in the Friday folders around Valentine’s Day. Extra blank notecards and order forms are available in the office. Please return the order form, completed notecard, and a check made payable to “Palo Verde PTA” to your child’s teacher or the office by Friday, February 26th.  The orders will be distributed in late April or early May. Question? Contact Junghee Hsieh, heatherjhcho AT hotmail DOT com 

Seeking Volunteers to Help with Coffee Socials Set-up and Clean-up

As part of our community building efforts, the PTA has a tradition of providing coffee once a month during assembly. This provides parents/PTA members with an opportunity to stop after drop off and connect with other parents over a cup of coffee and treats once a month, vote on PTA matters during our general meetings and get up to speed with school events announced at the assembly. 
We are looking for parent volunteers who are willing to set up the coffee table and clean up after the assembly on any or all of the coffee social dates. 
The following are the upcoming coffee social dates

WednesdayMarch 2

WednesdayApril 20 (PTA Board Elections)
May, (Date TBD)


** Fall Party 
New date for our 
‘Kids Book Club and Treats’ Fall Party for 4th-5th Graders!
Join us on Friday, March 4 at 3pm!
Sign up at:  https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/2015fallparties/catalog/show/30  

Join us for an afternoon book club to discuss Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. We’ll meet at the Palo Verde Library after school for sharing, discussion and tasty treats, as we talk about 4th and 5th grade perspectives on this popular grade school book. Please purchase/borrow and have your 4th or 5th grader read the book in advance. Each child will go home with a new book!
Date & Time: Friday, March 4, 3pm-4:30pm
Event Location: Palo Verde Library
Price: $20 per student
Hosts: Laurence Kancherla (Rm 4, 16), Iva Reid (Rm 4, 17)  and Lili Nova-Roessig (Rm 19)


4th and 5th Grade Palo Verde students only.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

California State PTA 2016 Legislation Conference
Mar, 14 – Mar 15, Embassy Suites Hotel in Sacramento; 
Whether you’re experienced in speaking up for children or you are interested in learning about key issues and legislation that impacts education, children and families, the California State PTA Legislation Conference is for you.
Join other PTA volunteers to:
– Be a part of the statewide effort to strengthen education, health and safety for all children by engaging in PTA’s advocacy goals and legislative priorities; 
– Get the latest information from legislators and key officials about the most important issues for children and families including the continuing need for adequate funding for schools, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs), and learn what legislators see on the horizon for CA schools; and
– Visit directly with the legislators who represent your community.
Adult event registration – $210 (Registration closes March 10)
For more information visit capta.org or contact Komey Vishakan, VP of Advocacy, Palo Alto Council of PTAs at kvishakan@gmail.com 
Help Palo Alto Students Adopt the Growth Mindset
The Heroic Imagination Project, a non-profit organization founded by Stanford Professor Philip Zimbardo, has created the learning tools and training to teach students the Growth Mindset.  The Growth Mindset is based on extensive social science research and refers to positive thinking and action that combines our natural ability with genuine effort to achieve higher results. The Growth Mindset enables us to achieve our goals in a more productive, effective way with less stress. Freshmen from Palo Alto High School are raising money to license the content and obtain the training that will enable them to teach the Growth Mindset to hundreds of Palo Alto Students.  Please help our students adopt the Growth Mindset. Follow the link below to watch a video about this student-led initiative and to donate. Every dollar counts for our kids. https://www.tilt.com/tilts/help-students-learn-the-growth-mindset
Raising Resilient Children Presentation 
Mon, Mar 14, 7:30 – 9:30 PM, Cubberley Community Center Theater 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Dr. Robert Brooks of Harvard Medical School will describe (a) why some children from birth have an easier time developing a positive self-image and resilience than others, (b) the importance of identifying and reinforcing each child’s “islands of competence,” and (c) specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, problem-solving skills, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience in our children. Presented by Friends of PreSchool Family. Register for your free tickets at:  http://drrobertbrooks.eventbrite.com

Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert III
Sat, Feb. 20, 8 PM (pre-talk at 7:30), Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
Pianist Daniel Glover will perform Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by composer-in-residence, Lee Actor. Glover, who debuted the work in 2013, has been hailed as “an incisive, exciting, and apparently tireless player — a natural for hyper-virtuosic challenge.” The concert will also feature Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1, a piece inspired by the unpredictable spirit of Hungarian folk music, 
and Symphony No. 7 by Antonín Dvorák.  Purchase ticket at: Palo Alto Philharmonic – Orchestra Concert III
Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert III 

Sat, Feb. 20, 8 PM (pre-talk at 7:30), Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
Pianist Daniel Glover will perform Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by composer-in-residence, Lee Actor. Glover, who debuted the work in 2013, has been hailed as “an incisive, exciting, and apparently tireless player — a natural for hyper-virtuosic challenge.” The concert will also feature Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1, a piece inspired by the unpredictable spirit of Hungarian folk music, 
and Symphony No. 7 by Antonín Dvorák.  Purchase ticket at: http://www.paphil.org/pages/concerts/orch3.php
12th Annual Sweetheart Awards 
Wed, Feb 24, 6 – 8 PM, Nixon Elementary School Theater, 1711 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto
Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, administrator, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something (however large or small) for your special needs child? Honor that person by nominating him or her for a Sweetheart Award. Submit nominations using this online form: goo.gl/HIHtkO Deadline for nominations extended to February 17th. For more information about the awards email: sweethearts.award@gmail.com or go to www.cacpaloalto.org for ceremony details. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Committee of SELPA 1(CAC) and the Palo Alto PTA Council.
Donations for Costaño Elementary’s Library in East Palo Alto
Help to sponsor the refurbishment of the school library at Costaño Elementary in East Palo Alto! This project is organized by the library at Jordan Middle School, in partnership with Access Books Bay Area, a new non-profit started by Jordan librarian Amanda Marchand.  In order to complete the library refurbishment, Access Books needs to raise $20,000! So far, they have raised a little over $6,000. You can help them to reach their goal by donating at http://www.store.accessbooks.net/collections/access-books-bay-area, and you can double your impact through your employer’s matching donation program.  All funds will be used to purchase new hardcover books for the Costaño school library, paint and supplies to repaint the walls, and new colorful furniture to make the library an inviting and comfortable place for children to spend time and explore new worlds. For more information, please visit http://www.accessbooks.net, or email amarchand@pausd.org.
Youth Community Service Annual Luncheon — Celebrating 25 Years of Changing Lives Through Service 

Fri., Feb 19, 11:30 AM – 1PM,  Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto
All community members are invited to attend this year’s annual luncheon sponsored by Youth Community Service.  To honor the 25th anniversary of YCS in the community, YCS will be featuring a number of our visionary founders, YCS alumni, and current participants as speakers.  There is no cost to attend. For more information, and to RSVP online, go to Upcoming Events – Annual YCS Luncheon – Youth Community Service


Teen Arts Council Luminescense Film Festiva
Submissions due: Mar. 2, 2016; Festival: Apr. 22, 2016, Location TBD
This teen-run film festival promotes the art of filmmaking and the fun of doing so! Join them as they watch a variety of films made by teen filmmakers locally and around the country!  
Luminescence Film Festival is a Teen Arts Council event to emphasize the brilliance, excitement, and fun of the art of film making.  Participants in Luminescence Film Festival, must be between 12 and 24. All genres of film are accepted. Maximum run time of film is 15 minutes. To submit a film, send a link of the video either from Youtube or Vimeo . If the video is accepted, it must also be submitted through a mailed flash drive, downloadable link, or any other hard copy version of the film. To get more information about Luminescence or just have general questions, contact Zack Gibson at zack@grant-gould.com.
Leap Year Mini-Golf Party
Sat Feb 27, 7 – 10 PM. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
The library will transform into a mini-golf course! DJ Kevin will be playing music, and lots of snacks will be provided to keep that energy up! Grades 8-12 invited to this free event. Register at http://tinyurl.com/hxzkc2g
Blind Date with a Book!
Month of February. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto 
Go on a blind date with a specially wrapped book in the Teen Zone during the whole month of February. Checkout a book, take it home, read it, and rate your blind date for a chance to win a prize. If you don’t like what you chose, just checkout another one. No hurt feelings!   
Parents Night Out & Valentine’s Day Party  
Sat, Feb. 13, 6 – 10 PM, Lou Henry Hoover (Girl Scout) House, 1120 Hopkins Dr., Palo Alto
Hosted by Palo Alto 9th grade Girl Scout Troop 61420.  We realize this is the long President’s weekend but thought if you were in town, this could be a great break for the parents & kids!!
The cost is $30.00 for 1st child, $10.00 for each additional sibling (children must be 4 yrs. old and potty-trained). Pizza dinner & healthy snacks PLUS lots of fun Valentine’s Day party games and activities to keep your little ones entertained!! The troop is saving for a Service trip and appreciates your support. To register, please go to http://tinyurl.com/nt284qd   For more Information, please contact Darcy Huston, Troop Leader at drhuston@aol.com
Hands-On Science Classes at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo 
A new session of after-school science classes starts February 9th at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo.  K-3rd graders will explore the galaxy as “Stargazers” on Tuesday afternoons.  4th and 5th graders are invited to become “ZooKeepers” for five weeks on Thursday afternoons.  We also offer daytime science classes for preschoolers, including “The Science of Toys” and “Coastal Critters”.  Learn more about programs at the JMZ and register for classes through the Enjoy! catalog, by visiting www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy<http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy>,  or by calling 650-329-2111.

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